Poe's Poetry

What exactly is happening in the following stanza of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe?

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore- While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,  As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door- "'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "Tapping at my chamber door-        Only this and nothing more."
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The narrator is giving the background of the story and setting the mood.  The narrator is reading, the night is "dreary," and the narrator is awake although tired.  He hears someone knocking, but knows only that it is a visitor and thinks nothing much about it.